Category Archives: Green Gifts

Eco-Chic: 7 Must-Haves for a Stylish, Eco-friendly Summer

A couple of summers ago, our Solar/Dynamo Waterproof LED Flashlight and Handy Dynamo Radio were featured alongside a number of other eco-friendly brands in “The Green Outdoors: Backyard & Beyond”, an article written by Sophie Novack for Organic Spa Magazine.

Because summer’s not quite over, and because we think our flashlight (and the other products featured in the article) are as great as ever, we wanted to share the write-up from Organic Spa Magazine (or you can find a link to the original post here).

Enjoy reading and happy adventuring!

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Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, whether in your backyard or at a campsite. The best gear should be environmentally friendly, in the spirit of truly delighting in nature, but ideally also preserve our daily comforts. Here are some of our newest and greatest eco finds for the season.

PRETTY LITTLE TENT

The Alite X Free People tent is a lightweight and stylish place to sleep two on a summer night. The mesh canopy is ideal for ventilation, and comes with a waterproof rainfly, in case of rain. Designed in collaboration with the clothing brand, Free People, in a range of colors. $168, freepeople.com/alite-x-free-people-tent-28046068/

POWER PACK

Aug13_green outdoor_7With a compact solar panel and battery pack for charging, the Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit is the ultimate eco-efficient, weather resistant, portable power charger. $ 159.99, goalzero.com

PETITE WATER PURIFIER

SteriPEN relies on eco-friendly UV-light technology to keep your water safe while camping. The world’s smallest, lightest UV water purifier, the light kills over 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in 48 seconds, so you can feel safe drinking water on the trail without having to carry some along. It can be charged through a computer, outlet, or solar panel, via a micro USB B port. $119.95, steripen.com/freedom/

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A BRIGHT LIGHT

This Solar/Dynamo Waterproof LED flashlight is equipped for all terrains and situations. It is water-proof, flood-proof, floats on water, and is built with durable casing to prevent shock from loose wires. The flashlight can also be recharged with solar power or by the hand crank, so you’ll never worry about being left in the dark. $19.99, solarrific.com

CRANK IT

Small and extremely portable, the Handy Dynamo radio weighs in at 0.32 pounds and is powered by cranking—one minute of cranking yields 10 minutes of radio time—and includes a built-in cell phone charger, too, ensuring you’ll never be too disconnected. $19.99, solarrific.com

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The ECOROX Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is equipped to bring 10 hours of playtime to your most exciting adventures. It is lightweight, compact and 100 percent waterproof and shockproof; the speaker floats face-up and can safely be placed directly in a lake, river, or pool. Plays music from any Bluetooth-enabled device and answers calls over a built-in speakerphone.$129.99, ecoxgear.com

Aug13_green outdoor_2ECO COOK STOVE

The BioLite CampStove uses twigs and other biomass rather than non-renewable petroleum gas to create the fire, reducing your carbon footprint. It also doubles as an off-grid power charger, with surplus electricity available to charge small electronic devices. $129.95, biolitestove.com

3 Versatile, Eco-Friendly Products for City-Dwelling AND the Great Outdoors

SONY DSCMemorial Day Weekend is the holiday that lets us know summer’s nearly here. And, since barbecues, road trips, and camping weekends are just around the corner, it’s officially time to prepare for outdoor adventures.

But what’s a resident of a big city to do when it comes time to venture out into the wild? Limited apartment or condo space often requires city-dwellers to own fewer possessions than their suburban counterparts, and storing outdoor gear can be inconvenient.

First, try to find gear that can do double-duty, helping you transition smoothly from the city to the great outdoors. This keeps the bang-for-your-buck factor high and your environmental impact low. Here are three products that can help you save money and minimize your footprint as you gear up for the great outdoors.

Pocketful of Sunshine

Solarrific’s Solar Charger with External Battery for Mobile Phones will keep your devices powered up anywhere you go. The external battery is the size of a tube of lipstick and the slim solar panel straps conveniently onto a messenger bag or backpack and fits inside when not in use. You can use it sitting in the park or the campground as long as there is sunshine. This is especially useful if you like to Instagram your vistas and trails—photo apps are a great way to capture the scenery, but they can be real battery hogs!

4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).
4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).

Reuse, Rewind, Renew

Whether you’re prepping s’mores or trying to fix something under the sink, the Handcrank Head Lamp has got it covered. This ultra bright LED light won’t ever need a new light bulb or batteries. It just takes a little elbow grease to keep things running smoothly and save a few bucks.   

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Handcrank headlamp with 3 ultra-bright LEDs (L2012)

Say No to Bugs

It’s a long-held truth that some people are just tastier to mosquitos than others. Rather than smelling like chemicals all day, check out the Solar Mosquito Zapper. This is perfect on the patio, porch, or camping pad if any buzzing bloodsuckers are nearby. A small solar cell keeps it charged so you can use it anywhere you’d like to be without leaving a big, muddy carbon footprint. 

Solar-Powered Mosquito Zapper (G4041)
Solar-Powered Mosquito Zapper (G4041)

Now that you have a few earth-friendly, solar-powered tools for both city-living and outdoor adventures, get ready to make this the best summer ever.

This Holiday Season, Shop Green; Save Green

Christmas-greenBlack Friday was the indisputable reminder that holiday gift giving is well on its way—and that many stores stop offering steep discounts after the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

But if you’re like many shoppers, there are many things still on your list to purchase for friends and family before Christmas. What’s a person to do?

We have good news: Solarrific is offering discounts to our online shoppers for the rest of the holiday season, until December 31st. (Which means you can find stocking stuffers and larger gift items for just about everyone on your list—all without leaving home.)

Just use coupon code HOHOHOSO at checkout (when shopping via our website and on Amazon), and you’ll receive 20% off your order until December 31st.

Here are our picks for just about everyone on your shopping list:

The Kids

When shopping for the younger members on your Christmas list, you can’t go wrong with fun, colorful stocking stuffers. These flashlight keychains are perfect for this purpose, and our stick-on bluetooth speakers are a kid favorite, too.

Solar/ Handcrank LED Flashlight Keychain (W4010)
Solar/ Handcrank LED Flashlight Keychain (W4010)
Bluetooth Rechargeable Stick-On, Splashproof Speakers (S8001, 2, 3, 4)
Bluetooth Rechargeable Stick-On, Splashproof Speakers (S8001, 2, 3, 4)
The Travelers

Whether taking a road trip or an international flight, traveling can present both hazards and minor inconveniences that can be remedied simply by being prepared. Our auto emergency tool is perfect for road travel during colder weather months, and the international adapter is perfect for the jetsetters in your family.

Auto Emergency Flashlight (E6001)
Auto Emergency Flashlight (E6001)
International Travel Adapter with USB Ports (C5021)
International Travel Adapter with USB Ports (C5021)
The iPhone Photographer

Make sure your family’s shutterbug has all the power he or she needs for impromptu family  photos and special holiday moments. This power bank provides a convenient backup for your cell phones and tablets.

Mobile Digital Power Bank, Dual USB 7800mAh (C5014)
Mobile Digital Power Bank, Dual USB 7800mAh (C5014)
The Gardener

For green thumbs, this solar floating fountain will enhance any garden, whether you have water features or want to create your own.

Solar Floating Fountain (G3033) - birdbath not included
Solar Floating Fountain (G3033) – birdbath not included
The Outdoor Enthusiast

This portable solar charger is a great gift for the explorers in your family, whether they may be hikers, fisherman, or mountain bikers. Not only does it provide a steady energy source for connected digital devices, but it can be easily attached to a bag or backpack. The charger comes with a 2000 mAh external battery, and can be used for mobile phones and small 5 volt digital devices. Available in three colors: black, orange, and camouflage.

4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).
4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).
And Now, for the Festivities!

Last but not least, get into the Christmas spirit—without spiking your power bill during the winter months—with these solar-powered string lights (available in both color and white).

Solar Multi-Colored String Lights (G3031)
Solar Multi-Colored String Lights (G3031)
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Solar White String Lights (G3030)

 

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Fall for Green Energy

red maple leavesLast fall, we shared five ideas for celebrating the end of the summer season in Hot Days, Cool Nights: 5 Ways to End Summer Right.

This year, we think it’s worth sharing a few of these pointers again, along with some additional clever ways to make the most of the autumn season—complete with solar and dynamo technology.

1. Host an Outdoor Fall Food Fest.

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What better setting for a fall-friendly cornucopia of rich meats, hearty soups, seasonal vegetables, and pumpkin pie than outdoors where the leaves are falling and the air is crisp?

As long as your guests dress warm enough, it’s as good a time as any to enjoy outdoor dining.

Check out these fall foods recipes to get started. Much can still be prepared on the grill, so invite your friends over for an autumn barbecue they’re sure to remember.

The Goods: Equip yourself with a flexible solar powered light. With 16 LED lights and a strong clamp, the portable light is ideal for outdoor food prep after the sun has already set.

2. Plan a Road Trip.

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Now is the perfect time to bundle up and head to the mountains to watch the colors as they change. If you can make time for one more camping trip, do so.

Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or simply a nature lover, you’ll be glad you did, because it’ll be another six months before sleeping outdoors is an option for most recreational campers.

The Goods: Roughing it doesn’t have to be rough. Solar products have made outdoor play more convenient, especially when recreation takes place far from home and modern conveniences. So toss that outdated lantern, and replace it with one that utilizes alternative energy. Also, Solarrific’s dynamo walking stick makes a great hiking buddy. It’s retractable, crankable, and complete with lights and a warning siren in case of emergencies.

3. Hold a Roast-and-Ghost

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Sometimes getting out of town for an entire weekend just isn’t feasible. So at least plan a backyard roast for the kids, complete with hot dogs, marshmallows, and ghost stories.

The Goods: For extra ghoulish drama (and an eco-friendly experience), provide the little ones with solar/dynamo powered flashlights. Plus, kids love having their very own lights, especially ones they can hand-crank them themselves.

4. Prune, Trim, Beautify.

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Now is an ideal time for pruning, tidying, and making your yard a fall retreat.

The Goods: Rather than using excessive electricity, use a solar-powered water fountain kit and solar-powered lights to transform your landscaping. These bubble stick lights are a lovely addition. Also, uplighting, in particular, lends a quick but dramatic effect to tired planters.

5. Tailgate in Style

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Football season, a quintessential part of American culture, is the time to show your support for your favorite team. So snag your tickets or make plans to tailgate with friends.

The Goods: When enjoying the big game from outside the stands, be sure to have a portable, solar-powered radio on hand. We especially like the European Dynamo Radio.

From all of us at Solarrific, we wish you a happy fall season!

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Summer Adventures, Part 3: Solar-Powered Essentials for Gardeners

Avid gardeners will tell you their hobby can be as great an adventure as gallivanting around the world. After all, when you can’t get away from it all, sometimes retreating to one’s own backyard oasis is the next best thing. Part 3 in our Solar Adventure Series is intended to inspire the gardeners among us, both with ideas for your own outdoor space and products designed to enhance the gardening experience.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you’ve ever grown and tended your own plants, you know that the process requires time, commitment and patience—in addition to the crucial elements of water, good soil, and sun. And, since the sun is the biggest factor in the quality of our blooms and success of our yield, it only makes sense that we could use the sun’s energy to generate power for other aspects of our gardens.

Green Products for Green Thumbs

Whether you’re tending produce or flowers, certain tools and conveniences can greatly enhance the pleasures of gardening—and we’ve got the goods! Check out these garden-friendly, solar-powered must-haves:

For aesthetic appeal, these fountains enhance any garden, whether you have water features or create your own.

Floating Solar Fountain on Lily Pad (G3039)
Floating Solar Fountain on Lily Pad (G3039)
Solar Floating Fountain (G3033) - birdbath not included
Solar Floating Fountain (G3033) – birdbath not included
Solar Water Fountain Kit (G3017)
Solar Water Fountain Kit (G3017) – container not included

Stay cool during the dog days of summer with these solar powered fan caps and accessories.

Solar Cooling Fan Cap (W4033)
Solar Cooling Fan Cap (W4033)
Solar LED Cap Light (L2028)
Solar LED Cap Light (L2028)

Solar Inspiration

For some inspiration to help transform your garden into a backyard oasis, visit our Gardens of Light board on Pinterest to see a few outdoors spaces as well as tips and tricks we love. We hope they’ll inspire you to create your very own solar-powered, backyard retreat.

Happy gardening!

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Summer Adventures, Part 2: Eco-friendly Essentials for Seasoned Travelers

Jetsetters rejoice! Part 1 in our Solar Adventure Series featured eco-friendly products for outdoor explorers, but this week it’s all about you wanderlusts. In part 2, we have summer-friendly products to help you travel in style and with convenience—all while being kind to Mother Nature.

See the World; Love the Earth

Leaving on a jet plane doesn’t necessarily mean leaving behind modern conveniences. But neither should it mean excessive use of power, batteries, or expensive electronics. Whether your jaunt is by air, by train, or just means lounging by the pool, make sure you have clean, green power where and when you need it most.

3 Eco-friendly Must-Haves:

When traveling abroad, your devices may not always be compatible with the types of outlets available in  some countries. This international travel adapter (with USB Ports) has you covered.

International Travel Adapter with USB Ports (C5021)
International Travel Adapter with USB Ports (C5021)

One common frustration amongst frequent travelers of the lack of available power, especially when you’re out seeing the sights or away from developed areas. For these times, we recommend keeping a power bank handy. This one will fit just fine in your backpack or purse. C5014 Dual USB 7800 mAh Mobile Digital Power Bank

Mobile Digital Power Bank, Dual USB 7800mAh (C5014)
Mobile Digital Power Bank, Dual USB 7800mAh (C5014)

And for those who find the most enjoyment lounging on the beach or at the pool, these bluetooth speakers are perfect for bringing a little entertainment to your waterside cabana.

Bluetooth Rechargeable Stick-On, Splashproof Speakers (S8001, 2, 3, 4)
Bluetooth Rechargeable Stick-On, Splashproof Speakers (S8001, 2, 3, 4)

Visit our online store to find these travel-friendly products, and don’t forget to use promo code summer10 during checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Bon voyage!

Summer Adventures, Part 1: Solar-Powered Essentials for Outdoor Explorers

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Saturday’s Summer Solstice marked the official start to the new season. In the following weeks, we’ll be sharing helpful tips and must-have solar essentials for all your summer adventures, whether you are an outdoor explorer, avid gardener, or seasoned traveler.  However you’ll be spending the long, warm days ahead, we’ve got the goods.

The Great Outdoors: Solar Explorers

From pitching a tent to casting a line, many summer adventures will have you in the belly of Mother Nature, oftentimes away from creature comforts such as running water and electricity. While part of the pleasure of getting away is disconnecting from the digital world and other modern conveniences, it’s a good idea to be able to access emergency services, should the need arise.

For starters, these portable, functional products harness the sun’s energy to provide comfort and peace of mind when in the great outdoors. Just enter promo code summer10 during checkout to receive ten percent (10%) off your order!

5 Solar-Powered Must-Haves:

There’s no need for lights out at your camp out: these solar-powered flashlights are designed to last.

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Solar/ Handcrank Waterproof LED Flashlight (L2026), and Solar/ Handcrank LED Flashlight Keychain (W4010)

If you’re packing light, this 4-in-1 flashlight, radio, alarm, and charger has it all.

4-in-1 Flashlight Radio Alarm Charger (R1006)
4-in-1 Flashlight, Radio, Alarm, Charger (R1006)

When venturing into remote wilderness areas, it’s not just your legs that should remain fully charged—your mobile phone should have some juice, especially in case of emergencies. When on the go, whether hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, or fishing, this portable solar charger is a great way to ensure the energy stores on your digital devices remain full (just be sure to keep yourself hydrated, too!). It comes with a 2000 mAh external battery, and can be used for mobile phones and small 5 volt digital devices. Comes in three colors: black, orange, and camouflage.

4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).
4W Solar Charger with 2000 mAh External Battery for Mobile Phones and Small 5V Digital Devices. Comes in 3 colors: black (C5018), orange (C5019), and camouflage (C5020).

And just for fun, who can resist the ultra compact radio cube? It’s perfect for lakeside lounging.

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Solar/ Handcrank AM/FM Radio Cube (R1007)

So what are you waiting for? Gather your gear, pick up a few extra gadgets you may be lacking, and head for the hills. To send you on your way safely, here are some additional outdoor safety tips, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Prepare healthy and safe food.
  • Include safe physical activities.
  • Protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Avoid wild animals, and protect family pets.
  • Fight the bug bit.
  • Prevent temperature related illness.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Avoid water-related illness and injury.
  • Be prepared.

Find more details about camping health and safety from the CDC, as well as a packing checklist here.

5 Mother’s Day Solar Gift Ideas

Give Mom her place in the sun this Mother’s Day with a solar-powered gift she won’t soon forget.

If your mom is a gardener, we have a number of products that will help transform her outdoor space into her own private oasis. And best of all, for Mother’s Day we’re offering ten percent off of the following items on our Amazon store.

The solar water fountain kit, which contains three design pattern attachments, makes any small container into your very own water fountain. This kit is the perfect way to create a relaxing outdoor environment, either on your patio or in the garden.

Solar Water Fountain Kit
Solar Water Fountain Kit

This floating solar fountain on a lily pad adds natural beauty to any pond, pool, or large water container. Minimal maintenance is required.

Floating Solar Fountain on Lily Pad
Floating Solar Fountain on Lily Pad
This lovely solar-powered, lily pad and flower light display is a great way to decorate a pond, both during the day, and at night, when the stored solar energy powers the LEDs to the lights.
Floating Solar LED Lily Flowers
Floating Solar LED Lily Flowers
For gadget loving moms, the solar/handcrank AM/FM radio cube is compact, easy to use, and makes a great portable gift.
AM/FM/WB dynamo crank radio cube
Solar/Handcrank AM/FM Radio Cube
And don’t forget about our solar/handcrank flashlight keychain! This is a great safety tool and it’s compact, lightweight, and portable, too.
Solarrific solar dynamo keychain flashlight
Solar/Handcrank Keychain Flashlight

 

 

Light the Night this Holiday Season: Win A Set of Solar Festive Lights from Solarrific

holiday lightsWhether you celebrate the festival of lights, Christmas, or any other customs this time of year, one thing is for sure:

The holiday season is upon us!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a set of 100-LED white festive solar lights—and the drawing happens in just a few days! Entering is easy: All you have to do is visit our contest page, make sure you’re a fan of Solarrific on Facebook, then enter your email address for a chance to win.

Happy holidays from all of us at Solarrific!

UPDATE 12/23/13: Congratulations to Christi Andrews, the winner of our giveaway! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for future giveaways.

I’m Dreaming of a Solar Christmas: 7 Must-Haves for Green Wish Lists

Wondering what to get the eco-friendly folks on your list? Here are some of our most popular solar and dynamo products to help you with your green holiday shopping. And there’s something for everyone, from gadget lovers to gardeners!

Solarrific solar dynamo keychain flashlight
Solar/handcrank LED flashlight keychain

Stocking Stuffers

These solar/handcrank LED flashlight keychains are small but powerful. The bright LED lights have a 50,000 hour lifetime and are great to have on hand in case of emergencies.

 

 

Solarrific four in one flashlight radio alarm charger
4-in-1 flashlight/radio/alarm/charger

Outdoor Enthusiasts

This 4-in-1 flashlight/radio/alarm/charger is an incredibly handy tool that is the perfect gift for adventurers and trailblazers. One minute of winding the crank yields 30 mintues of full light.

 

 

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Solar power bank for mobile and digital devices

Techies

It’s likely to assume there are a few individuals on your list who continually need to charge their mobile devices, even when an electrical outlet is unavailable. This power bank contains two USB outputs, making it the ideal tool for charging two devices simultaneously, for instance, a cell phone and iPad (not included).

 

AM/FM/WB dynamo crank radio cube
Solar AM/FM handcrank radio cube

For the Kids

It can be hard to shop for the youngest ones on your list, but they’ll love this solar AM/FM radio cube, which has a hand crank to help keep busy little hands occupied.

 

 

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Duo rechargeable mini speaker set

College Students

This sleek, rechargeable mini-speaker set is a great gift for someone who needs quality sound in a small living space or when on the go. Speakers are portable and lightweight, making them perfect for dorm living and travel.

 

 

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Floating solar water fountain

Green Thumbs

The gardeners on your list will love our floating solar water fountain for the birdbath or a small pond. This product doesn’t need electricity or batteries, and it comes with multiple fountain head attachments for different water patterns. (Birdbath not included.)

 

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Flexible solar-powered light

Utilitarians

The builders, mechanics, and tinkerers in our lives always seem to need extra light, especially when working on a project late at night in a garage or workshop. Whatever the need, this solar-powered light has a flexible arm that can position light anywhere it might be needed, even in the tightest of spots. (L2019)

And don’t forget about solar Christmas lights. We’re offering discounts on those, too!

Interested in seeing additional solar products? Peruse our online store for even more gift ideas that are sure to impress. Don’t worry if you’re running a little behind schedule, either; Solarrific products ship within two business days.

Happy green holidays!